WHO IS JESUS – TO ME

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This is an often asked question, and one that is often answered by pointing to His deity, His claim to divine royalty and in some cases, disputes over His divinity and mortality. But does that discussion really interest you? Honestly? Academia as a whole, has long acknowledged that man will not study anything that is not related to, has no direct impact on, does not affect, himself. So let us be honest with ourselves and uncover who Jesus is… to us.

Now, unfortunately, every discussion must begin with establishing Jesus’ deity and divinity. Else, everything that follows will be meaningless and futile. Indeed, if you do not believe in Jesus’ divinity, then you will not believe that He does actually want to and can do the things that He says He wants to do for you. But fortunately for us who believe, this does not apply. Instead, let us take this opportunity to remind ourselves of what an awesome God we have to love us so intimately.

“Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” John 8:58

Jesus was even before the world began. For it is recorded for us that God said,

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;” Genesis 1:26

Notice ‘us’ and ‘our’? Yes, God our Father was not alone when He created the world, Jesus was there with Him. As it is written,

“When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of man.” Proverbs 8:29-31

And of us Jesus said,

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. ” John 17:24

Yes, God our Father loved Jesus and gave Him glory, even before the foundation of the world, because Jesus was daily God’s delight. So Jesus was man, Jesus is God. But who was He, what was He like?

Well, first of all, He loved us and delighted in us right from the beginning, for we have just read that He rejoiced in His inhabited world, and His delight was with the sons of man, us. On top of that,

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8

The Message translates it beautifully for us.

“God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.” Psalm 103:8 [MSG]

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.” Psalm 103:11 [AMPC]

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;” Psalm 103:13 [NIV]

“God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.” Psalm 103:17-18 [MSG]

Jesus is merciful, Jesus is gracious, Jesus is kind, Jesus is rich in love, Jesus is compassionate, and Jesus is the same always, making everything right for us who does whatever He said, for it is written,

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

And when we are naughty? Will Jesus hold it against us? Beloved, apart from being slow to anger, this is what is said of Him.

“He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.” Psalm 103:9-10 [MSG]

Why? Because,

“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

Beloved, read carefully. He did not overlook our sins, or ignore our sins. He removed our sins. How, we will see later.

But you are looking at Psalm 103 verse 18 and thinking that there is a condition to Jesus’ love and consequently, every good thing that comes from Him. Well, yes. But before you go away thinking that the condition is that you should be living a perfect life, remember Jesus said this.

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

Do you believe in Him who He sent, do you believe in Jesus? If you do, then you are ‘doing whatever He said’, because that is all He said. And your belief in Him, your faith, therefore qualifies you to receive all that He came to do for you.

So what did Jesus come to do for us?

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Jesus did not say, ‘get a life’, Jesus said, ‘here is life’. For the apostle John tells us,

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:10-13

Jesus gives life by making us children of God. But what does that mean for us, practically? It means this.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5

As a child of God, you receive benefits, or ‘blessings’ as The Message translates. Jesus also makes sure that you are well-fed, and are young and energetic all the time.

You also get forgiveness for Jesus said,

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

Just like the sacrificial lamb’s blood had to be shed and sprinkled on the altar for the sins of the person to be forgiven during the time of Moses, so too Jesus’ blood was shed and sprinkled on the altar of the world to make us right with God.

“God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear.” Romans 3:25 [MSG]

Furthermore, as child of God, you can ask for and receive healing for the ailments in your natural body, just like those who were ill received healing from Jesus in the Bible; just like many who are asking in faith, are receiving even today.

Finally, Jesus also came to protect.

“The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.” Psalm 103:6

Beloved, to borrow the words of the hymn,

“Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.” The Love of God

Every message this ministry has sought to send has been unveiling the love of Jesus, the love of our Father to you. It is so complex, so rich, so wondrous, that so much has been said, yet there is still so much more to say. But at the same time, who Jesus is to you can be summed up so simply, perhaps the word itself was made first to describe Him.

Beloved, Jesus loves you. He has and He always will. Let that truth be the foundation of your belief and expectation of all things to come, that whatever befall you, He is always there with you, taking care of you because He loves you.

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